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                                   September 2009
                         Reflections on the Journey of Faith
I have read selectively from William Bennett s The Book of Virtues. One reason he wrote the book
was that he believed society would benefit from rediscovering the virtues and living them. Do we
even know what the virtues are? I confess that I could not name all of them!
He reminds us that they are: Self-Discipline, Compassion, Responsibility, Friendship, Work,
Courage, Perseverance, Honesty, Loyalty, and Faith.
Let s consider the virtues of this old poem in Bennett s book.
        An old man, going a lone highway,
       Came at evening, cold and gray,
       To a chasm, vast, deep, and wide
       Through which was following a sullen tide.
       The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
       The sullen stream had no fears for him;
       But he turned, when safe on the other side,
       And built a bridge to span the tide.
        Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,
        You are wasting strength with building here;
       Your journey will end with the ending day;
       You never again must past my way;
       You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide -
       Why build you the bridge at eventide?
       The builder lifted his old grey head:
        Good friend, in the path I have come, he said,
        There followeth after me today
       A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
       This chasm, that has been naught to me,
       To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
       He, too, must cross the twilight dim;
       Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.
Today some people are concerned only with the present. Others see life as a journey of faith,
discovery and understanding. Today, as in any day, it takes courage to live and to love. It takes
courage and vision to build bridges for future generations.
Robert Frost was right when he penned these poetic words about the important decisions we make
in life:
       I shall be telling this with a sigh
       Somewhere ages and ages hence:
       Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
       I took the one less traveled by,
       And that has made all the difference.

                                                                         Reflections continued on page 2
Session met Tuesday August 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm; highlights will be printed in the October Good News.

Session will meet next on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm.

                                                                        Tommie Curtis, Clerk of Session

Dear Members of Providence:
Fred and I would like to thank all the angels of Providence who have been
so supportive and kind since Fred s accident in May. Your prayers, calls,
the prayer shawl, help and goodies have been very important and healing to us.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fred and Lillian Rook

Dear Ms. Marcario:
Thank you and all those who participated in the wonderful gift of School Supplies [collected during
Vacation Bible Camp] to The Salvation Army . Because of this gift [and others like it], we are able to
help over 773 children start their first day of school on the right foot. Without your support, we would
not be able to meet this demand.
Once again, thank you and may God bless you.

Captain David May
Corps Officer

Reflections continued from page 1

The road we choose to follow as people of faith makes all the difference. We have chosen the
path of light taught by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And we are called to lay a foundation
for our children and future generations who will pass by our way.
I believe God is calling us to be bridge builders. The chasms in our present society are deep
and wide. God has shown us how to span the tide through Jesus Christ. This is the good news
we must share.
I am grateful for all of your hard work at Providence which has given us many ways to reach
our community and world for Jesus Christ. Thanks to all who continue to build bridges to the
future for the people of God who will walk over them.
The Rev. Dr. Michael P. Burns

September 2009               Providence Presbyterian Church Good News                             Page 2
Fall is here and with it a fresh set of faces, hopefully some rested youth and                              CORNER
parents, and endless possibilities for the upcoming year! With that in mind
let s take a few minutes to review or be introduced to a few key concepts
that will shape our time together, or as I like to call it
                                             Youth Ministry 101!!!
1.   Youth Ministry Is Important! You probably already know that but it s worth saying again! During the teen-
     age years the brain transforms from a Noah brought the animals 2x2 capacity to a Why did God give us
     free will if he could anticipate we d screw everything up? capacity. Also, the ways a brain is used during
     these years shapes the nature of a person s thought process for the rest of their life; in other words, use it or
     lose it!
2.   Parents Are Important! Does anyone doubt this? Even if your youth cannot stand the sight of you and
     makes you walk on the other side of the mall when you go school shopping, fear not! Parents are still the
     #1 influence in a teenager s life (see my Good News article from November 2007!). You may think you re
     talking to yourself, but be assured that in the end you are a very important voice and your participation in
     their life shows how much you care!
3.   Other Adults Are Important! Because youth may not be able to engage their parents in normal conversa-
     tion due to embarrassment, it is important to have other adults in their life with whom they can have conver-
     sations. Anyone who has volunteered with the youth knows that sometimes that conversation is spectacular!
     But even without that, the more caring adults there are in a youth s life, the better off they are because it
     reinforces some solid ground when the rest of their life is distracted, stressed, peer pressured, and possibly
     haunted by self doubt.
4.   Having Fun Is Important! It may just seem like fun and games, but think about fun and games in your own
     life. Who are the people you can laugh with unashamedly? Those are often the people you have the deepest
     relationships with. So, who do you want your youth to have the deepest relationships with?
5.   Our Church Family Is Important! OK, not everyone has the time, energy or calling to hang out with the
     youth on a regular basis, but that doesn t mean you re not important! Everyone in this church family has the
     opportunity to connect with at least ONE YOUTH each Sunday before, during or after worship. Talk about
     the weather, talk about Law & Order, talk about your pets or grandkids, just talk! You chat with many
     people on Sunday, make an effort to see that a youth is one of them!

So with those basics in mind, get ready for a fabulous year, and please join me in saying some prayers of
thanksgiving for our youth, their presence, their hilarity, their big hearts, and their willingness to share their
life with us.

Upcoming Events & Announcement s:
PYF begins on September 13 and runs through the year on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Jr Highs are
from 5-6:30, Sr Highs are from 6-7:30, dinner together from 6-6:30.
Parents & Volunteers: Please plan to attend the Kick-Off Extravaganza (aka The Parent/Volunteer Meeting!) on
Sunday, September 13 at 6 pm.
LOGOS: If you intend to sign up please do not delay! Knowing who plans to participate is an immense help for
planning and recruiting and placing volunteers!
Fall Retreats! Mark your calendars: Jr High Retreat is October 2-4, Sr High Retreat is October 23-25.
Medical Release Forms: All youth participating in ANY event must have a completed form on file! They were
sent by mail and they re posted on the youth bulletin board. Fill yours out before you leave worship on Sunday!

I hope the start of the school year is fabulous for everyone! I can t wait for our events to begin and to hang out
with this year s 7th graders! See you on Rally Day!

Mary Ellen

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                         The excitement of a new program year at Providence Presbyterian Church is
                         upon us. We on the KidsQuest Ministry team are excited to begin the new year
                         with the need to expand our nursery. If you haven t heard, the nursery has been
                         very full this summer and is growing. With that, we are returning to the two
                         nursery model. The Infant Nursery is in Room 109 and will serve infants up
                         through 15-18 months of age. Once the toddler is sure on their feet, they may be
                         moved into the Toddler Room, in 107.

This was in the August Good News but bears repeating. When a child is baptized at Providence there
are three questions put to the congregation:
· Do we, the congregation of Providence Presbyterian Church, friends and relatives of this family,
    promise to love, encourage, support, pray for and nurture this child in the faith? Do we?
· Do we promise to provide this child with opportunities for Christian growth, so that the child may
    come to know this child s unique gifts and talents? Do we?
· Do we promise to care for this child by our actions and our style of life, and help this child come to
    know and follow Jesus Christ? Do we?

If we as members of this congregation take these questions to heart, every single member of this congre-
gation would be involved in KidsQuest, or LOGOS in some capacity.
The following is a list of ways in which you can impact a child s life for the Kingdom of God.
· Rock babies and play with toddlers Lord willing, there will be enough volunteers where this will be a
   once every two month commitment. Needs are for each hour 9:00, 10:00 and 11:15.
· Teach Worship KidStyle This program meets after the Time for Children with enough volunteers
   you would serve once every six (6) weeks. The curriculum is fun and easy to use. The music por-
   tion is on a DVD where our kids can follow the music and motions on the DVD. The activity
   choices are drama, storytelling, games, arts and crafts. You choose to teach in the way you feel most
   comfortable and called to do.
· Teach during the 10:00 hour Usually three to four people work this schedule out on a rotation, so
   you are not teaching every week. During this Sunday School hour more continuity enables you to
   build relationships with the younger members of Providence and partner with parents in training
   up these children to know Jesus.
· Provide leadership for Christmas Pageant, KidsQuest Fellowship, and Easter Eggstravaganza; we
   would also like to reinstitute and develop a Sunday morning Children s Choir program.
· Volunteer for LOGOS our mid-week after-school program of Christian nurture for kids from Kinder-
   garten through twelfth grade
Impacting a child for the Kingdom of God what could be more important and gratifying than
that? Make a difference in a child s life. Please prayerfully consider how you might serve in KidsQuest
and/or LOGOS. Sign up on the poster located in the Commons Area or call Holly Marcario to discuss
how your gifts and talents might mesh with these abundant opportunities.
Matthew 18:1-5 says: At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of
heaven? He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: I tell you the truth, unless you
change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles
himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My
name welcomes Me.

Serving Him who Saves,       Holly

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                   As this issue of Good News goes to press, we re well
                   on our way to meeting our goal!! The final penny count
                   will be September 8 so please be sure your coins are in
                   the school house container by that day. Then our grand
                   total will be announced on Rally Day, September 13, and
                   we ll CELEBRATE in Mission Hall following worship.
                   Please join us!!

                                                                     MEN OF THE CHURCH
On September 13, worship will be at 10:00 am,           The Providence MOC will have their first
followed by fellowship, feasting and fantastic          breakfast meeting of the program year on
programs, as well as a Pennies for Peace celebra-       Saturday, September 12. We are meeting
tion. Stop by the tables set up by many church          the second Saturday in September, rather
committees and groups to see what may interest          than our usual first Saturday, due to the
you. RSVP by September 9 to Mary Jo Kavjian for         Labor Day weekend. All men are welcome.
the lunch. Committees and groups wishing to set         Please join us for great food, good fellow-
up a table should contact Bertha McClintock, also       ship and some thoughtful conversation
by September 9.                                         about our Christian faith.

                                     WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
                             Between September 6th and October 4th, the Men of the Church will be
                             taking orders for the 2009 White House Christmas Ornament.
                                     1-10 Ornaments $18 each
                                     11-25 Ornaments $17 each
                                     26-50 Ornaments $16 each
                                     51 + Ornaments $15.75 each

                             Ornaments will be available for pick October 18.
                             Proceeds benefit Providence activities.
                            Call or e-mail Peter McClintock with questions.

Tuesday, September 8 and Tuesday, December 8. Please mark your calendars.
Appointments for both drives will be from 2:30 - 7:30 pm with 15 minute intervals.
Both drives will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Providence members have donated
over 2,000 units to our community over the years. Thank you for your continuing
support. Questions or advanced reservations should be addressed to Elden Wright.
Thank you for your continuing support .

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   Monday, September 21, 2009, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, the Parlor
   This is a drop-in group composed of different people each month. Give it a try!
   What is contemplative prayer? For those who are new to the practice, it involves a presenta-
   tion on the topic of the evening followed by a simple practice, fifteen minutes of silence, time
   for personal reflection and notes, and small group sharing. It is very informal and everyone is
   invited. Since this is a drop-in group, there are always different people attending.

   The focus for September will be Body Prayer. When I first heard those words many years ago I
   was uncomfortable. What did this mean? I was not an easy convert, but have learned the merits
   of the practice. It is a way of paying attention to our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit, and
   slowing down. I have since learned with all our emphases on the body in today s world
   that this is one of people s favorite practices. We will use some simple motions as well as a slow
   walk, becoming more and more aware of Silence, Mystery, Being, Presence.
   Hopefully this month s practice will prepare us well for our next gathering October 19 (always
   the third Monday of the month) when we will have the special opportunity to walk the labyrinth
   at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, where a replica of the one from Ely Cathedral in England has
   been embedded in the floor of their Fellowship Hall.

   For questions or more information contact Ann Kulp.

Another exciting year of LOGOS begins on Wednesday, October 7th. Please see the LOGOS bulletin
board in the Gathering Area for more details on volunteer opportunities and the growing list of
registered students. You can also pick up a brochure and registration forms from nearby display tables.

                         The cost for the year is:
                         One child $100;           Two children $175;          Three or more $215
                         The fee includes study books, supplies and meals.

                         PLEASE REMEMBER: LOGOS isn t just for families with youth and children;
                         it is an intergenerational program for the whole congregation.

There are many ways for adults to volunteer: Bible Study teachers and assistants, Table Parents and
kitchen support, to name a few areas. Contact Bertha McClintock, Mary Rodgers or Mary Ellen Moss to
get some ideas on how you can contribute your gifts for a successful program.

            PROVIDENCE READERS ...
              will begin meeting again September 20 at 4:30 pm.
            They will discuss World without End by Ken Follett.

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Please note these remaining deadlines for submitting Good News articles and notices
for 2009. You can send your submissions to Kathy Knorr at

            Issue               Deadline            Mailing date
            October             September 14*       September 24
            November            October 14          October 29
            December            November 9**        November 19
            January, 2010       December 7**        December 17

*     earlier deadline due to short turnaround time for Editor
**    earlier deadline due to holiday
                                                            This schedule is subject to change.
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September 2009

                Sundays                          Providence Presbyterian Church
                                                    9019 Little River Turnpike
       Communion: September 6
                                                        Fairfax, VA 22031
               Worship                                 703-978-3934 Office
       September 6, 10:00 am                            703-978-4306 Fax
        Traditional, Sanctuary           
     Contemporary, Fellowship Hall
        September 13, 10:00 am
                                                The Rev. Dr. Michael P. Burns, Pastor
         One service, Sanctuary
                                             The Rev. Mary E. Rodgers, Associate Pastor
        Beginning September 20
       Traditional Worship, 9:00 am          Mary Ellen Moss, Director of Youth Ministries
    Contemporary Service, 11:15 am                          Holly Marcario,
Christian Education for All Ages, 10:00 am          Children s Ministry Coordinator
                                                  Terry Stoneberg, Director of Music
            Office Closed                                Jane Kaye, Organist
    Monday, September 7, Labor Day                          Rick Thiele,
              Rally Day                        Music Leader & Technology Coordinator
    Sunday, September 13, 11:00 am                 Gene Kaye, Providence Singers
       Contemplative Prayer                       Joe Moss, Business Administrator
    Monday, September 21, 7:30 pm                 Kathy Knorr, Executive Secretary
                                                        Richard Mudd, Sexton
                                                   Good News Editor: Kathy Knorr

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